Welcome to the New Year!

A very warm welcome to all of the Julius whanau, and particularly to the new boys in Year Nine!

This year, Julius will be without its much-loved Housemaster, Ben Vink.  Ben, as most of you will know, has moved into a Boarding Housemaster role with Flowers House.  So he is certainly not lost to College – we wish him and Melissa all the best in his new and challenging role.

However, with change comes opportunity.  This year Julius has a new Housemaster – Mike Field.  Mike comes to Julius and College with a history in the education, charitable and business sectors.  In addition to his role as Julius Housemaster, Mike is also teaching Year 10 Innovation and Enterprise, and Agribusiness in Years 12 and 13.  He is also MIC Basketball for College, so is looking forward to a busy year!

Julius is fortunate to retain the services of existing Assistant Housemasters Nikki Bleyandaal, Peter Cooper, Susan Harding and David Chambers for 2018, so we have plenty of continuity and experience.  Gill Kilpatrick has also moved to Flowers House with Ben, but we welcome newby Olivia Austin to Julius and to Christ’s College.  Olivia is beginning her teaching career at College after a successful teaching practice here last year, and joins Nikki in the English Department.

This year promises to be as busy and rewarding as ever!

Julius House Prize Giving

Keep Thursday the 30th of November available. The Julius House Prize giving will be on the Quad and will begin at 4pm. All parents are invited.

Julius House Play ‘Screw Your Courage’

Well done to Sam Mackay and the cast of the harrowing ‘Screw Your Courage’ play. Sam won an award for his leadership in the directing of the play and the way in which he used technology in the direction of  ‘Screw Your Courage’. Congratulations to Simon Brown who picked up an acting award for the way in which he played his role. Congratulations to Sam, Angus Wheelans, Tim Goodman and Josh Mortensen who won an award for their scene within the play.  George Lacey-Metcalfe’s performance also deserves recognition for the great way he played his lead role.

It was fantastic to see the support that the boys gave to the play and the leadership displayed by Sam, Angus Wheelans, Simon and others. It was great that once again the seniors included the juniors within the play and worked hard to put on a polished performance.

House Touch/Football and Play

On this Saturday the 9th of September all boys are expected to attend the Touch and Football Inter-house competition. This is a compulsory event. The competition starts at 12.30pm (usually finishes at 4pm) and will be held at the Christ’s College Cricket Grounds, next to the Hagley Oval. Boys are expected to wear House uniform. Parents are welcome to come and watch. The competition has changed from 7 a side rugby due to the amount of injuries that were taking place, particularly to the non-rugby players.
On Thursday the 14th of September starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 9pm is Julius’ night on stage at House play. Once again, this is compulsory attendance for the boys. Parents are welcome to attend. They will need to be at school by 6pm. I would also like to thank Sam Mackay who has done an outstanding job of Directing the play with the help of his Year 13 and Year 12 team.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mr Vink leaving for Flower’s House

As many of you will already be aware I will be leaving Julius and taking on the role as Housemaster of Flower’s House for 2018. I have to say that it was not an easy decision. I have really enjoyed my time at the helm of Julius.

However, by the end of the year I will have been in the role for eight years and it is time for a change. As I said to the boys on the announcement of the change, I have always asked for them to challenge and push themselves out of their comfort zones. It therefore only makes sense that I role model those values myself.

I am proud of the changes that we as a community of staff, parents and especially the boys have made within Julius over the years. We are known as a House that allows the boys to flourish and to accept that as individuals we are all different. At the same time, as a community we pull together and work as a cohesive unit. In recent years we have displayed this in the major events such as athletics, singing, haka and house plays.

Julius House Quiz Night

In week three of the term Julius held its first Quiz night. A well attended event it was great to see so many of the boys, parents and staff attend for what proved to be a competitive and highly enjoyable evening. Well done to the Year 12 dominated team who cleaned up on the Numbers round. After that we were all playing catch up.
Thanks to Mr David Chambers for playing the Quizmaster for the night. Thanks also to Bridget Goodman and Julie Hutton for all of their help in putting on the event.

Julius House Wins Junior Hockey

Well done to Zach May (c), Jonty Gallagher, Josh Erasmus, Sam Kelly, Hugh Fraser and Kynan Salt who took out the Junior Hockey Final with an emphatic 8-1 win over Harper House today.

The boys played an exceptional match against Harper, led ably by Zach. The lads passed well and generally outshone their rivals in this anticipated match.

It had been a tough road to the final with a 2-1 win against Corfe in extra time and a hard fought match against Rolleston in the opening round.

Well done boys.



Julius wins Junior House Volleyball

After a very close match that went to three sets against Jacobs in the first round, Julius went on to defeat Somes in straight sets in the semis. The team was made up of Henry Eglinton, Kynan Salt, Zach May, Zach Gimblett, Thomas MacLean Jonty Gallagher, Charlie Goodwin, Gus Morrow, Ben Evans, Fergus Laing, Rohan Baird, Josh Mortensen, Thomas Sunderland, Charles Lord and the star player of the tournament Hanjun Kim. The lads faced a strong Flowers side in the final. However, the consistency of the serve and the communication amongst the lads was too strong. The final ended in a straight set white-wash and a pizza shout for the Year 9 and 10s to celebrate. Well done lads.
B Vink and H Eglinton



Julius Wins House Music

House Music

House music is and has always been an event that Julius thrives in. Our effort of regularly conducting whole house singing practices was at the forefront of the Julius house choir’s win this year. Musicians or not, the boys’ attendance to these practices was outstanding, showing that they really supported their house. Many musical boys, ranging from junior to senior years, took the initiative to help others pronounce words, sing correct melodies and be more energetic. The boys had respect for anyone who helped improve the song and this did wonders for the final product. All these factors were hard worked for and were duly taken into consideration by the judge on the night.

Julius also participated in the small vocal ensemble and instrumental sections for house music. I oversaw these two groups for many practices and I was stunned with the professional manner and musical talent these boys emanated. It was very enjoyable to arrange the small vocal ensemble piece, “Some Nights” by FUN, and watch as the group made gradual improvements until we had a great modern acapella piece. As well as this, the instrumental piece, “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel, took a long time to arrange into a form that was suitable for the group. But the boys persevered, taking adequate time to improve their parts and in the process forming the song into an epic jazz ballad. Both groups displayed musical integrity which ensured two impressive performances on the night.

Overall, Julius should be proud of its house music effort this year and hope to do even better next year

George Murray (Year 12)

Senior House Cricket

Some of the Julius boys came up against a very tough Flower’s house
side in their first round of house cricket. We only had 3 cricket
players in the team but the big boarders all played cricket, so we
knew it would be a grind. However, the lads stepped up to the
challenge and Julius set an impressive total of 157 runs in their 15
overs when Flower’s put them into bat. In this innings, George Coull
scored a stunning 112 not out, with good support from Simon Brown, who
made 24 and Josh Wheelans who made 18. Julius followed this up with a
stellar effort in the field, taking some beautiful catches and Josh
Wheelans taking 3 wickets in 1 over. Unfortunately Flower’s house
batting attack proved too strong and the boarders chased down the runs
in the last over. Awesome effort from everyone involved though, coming
this close to beating Flower’s is no mean feat. We’ll take out the
whole competition next year instead.
S Brown

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